Dive into the World of the Poor Knights Islands
In 1981 the ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands was established as New Zealand's second marine reserve. The marine reserve extends for 800 metres offshore around the Poor Knights Islands and stacks and are administered by the Department of Conservation.
Often referred to as one of the world's top dive locations, the Poor Knights Islands offer spectacular water clarity, warm subtropical currents and a rich, varied and abundant sea life. Landing on the islands is prohibited, however the marine reserve around them is yours to enjoy.
The Poor Knights Islands can be reached from Tutukaka Harbour, 30 kilometres from Whangarei.
The steep cliffs, which fringe the islands, plunge 100 metres below sea level in places before reaching a sandy seafloor. The arches are some of the most interesting places to explore. The underwater caves, tunnels and archways are home to an extraordinary variety of seaweeds and friendly, colourful fish.
Dive trips depart Tutukaka daily.
If you'd prefer a wreck dive, check out the sunken ex-frigates 'Tui' and 'Waikato' located just offshore from Tutukaka.
A number of charter boats also operate from Tutukaka.